Knowledgeable boxing fans packed the cozy arena at a popular Southern California Resort and showed their appreciation by cheering as both combatants went toe to toe from the beginning to the very end of the fight which came at 1:16 of the ninth frame when referee Jack Reiss halted the contest preventing Nugaev (27-7-1,17KO’S) from taking any further punishment.
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Johnny Ortiz, the boxing journalist and the former administrator of the famous Main Street Gym in Los Angeles, passed away last Saturday after a lengthy illness. Ortiz had a radio show called Ringside with Johnny Ortiz that was broadcast on ESPN radio during the early 2000s. But he was most known for running the Main Street Gym.
Two ultra-aggressive Russian lightweights, Denis Shafikov (33-1-1,18KO’S) and Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1,17KO’S) are scheduled to face off in the ring for a twelve rounds or less contest. ESPN Friday Night Fights will televise live.
Riverside junior welterweight Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera won his debut under the Golden Boy Promotions banner with an impressive victory against Johan Perez. Next will be a WBA world title shot soon against the champion.
Mayweather walked through Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to maintain his place at the top of the list. Several others had great years including Tim "Desert Storm" Bradley and Danny "Swift" Garcia. A few others dropped out of the list and a few cracked into the top dozen.(see the full story)